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ANNE FRANK'S HOLOCAUST
June 21, 2015  | By David Bianculli

National Geographic, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

This two-hour documentary utilizes a very effective visual gimmick throughout, and positions cameras in such a way as to juxtapose modern images – from Amsterdam, Auschwitz and elsewhere – with period photographs so that present and past fade in and out of one another like ghosts. Anne Frank’s Holocaust spends hardly any time on its young heroine’s confined seclusion or literary output; instead, it traces her life’s journey from location to location, and uses that to explain the indignities and horrors of persecution and extermination under Nazi rule. It’s a well-documented, compelling, illuminating documentary – and haunting, too.

 
 
 
 
 
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